L.S. Dunes (MCR, Coheed, Thursday, Circa Survive) Dissect Previous Lives Monitor by Monitor

Supergroup L.S. Dunes have simply dropped their extremely anticipated debut album Previous Lives. The LP’s launch consummates a five-headed collaboration between like-minded musicians who’re reduce from an identical fabric: My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero, Coheed and Cambria’s Travis Stever, Circa Survive’s Anthony Inexperienced, and Thursday’s Tim Payne and Tucker Rule.

With such a wealth of mixed expertise, it’s no shock that the 11 songs on Previous Lives are a tour-de-force of post-hardcore. The album is particularly rewarding for individuals who are conversant in every band member’s previous work. On every music, you possibly can catch sonic idiosyncrasies and easter eggs that inevitably set off a pang of nostalgia. For instance, Iero’s catchy chord progressions will perk the ears the MCR devoted. In the meantime, Anthony Inexperienced’s impassioned vocals make Previous Lives obligatory listening for Circa Survive followers.

The collective consciousness tends to pigeonhole supergroups as lesser initiatives — a distraction from every member’s day job, half-baked collabs, and so on. — however L.S. Dunes put within the time and work to make their debut album extra substantial. Simply take it from the band members themselves, who supplied up a track-by-track breakdown of Previous Lives completely for Heavy Consequence. Their remarks reveal simply how a lot care and energy went into the songwriting and recording course of.

Stream your complete Previous Lives album and skim the track-by-track breakdown from L.S. Dunes’ particular person members under.


“2022” might be essentially the most private music that I’ve ever written in my life. Each time I get to the verses of that music, I get a lump in my throat like I stated an excessive amount of. I by no means need a music to harm or fear anybody, however in addition they can’t be a spot that I disguise in. Engaged on your self and getting higher is a sluggish course of. “2022” is a mirrored image on the persistence that’s required of an individual in the course of the means of restoration, if you’re conditioned in direction of the hunt for fast gratification. There are moments if you’re preventing on your life, moments if you don’t assume you possibly can maintain going. In these moments, I at all times want to inform somebody — as a result of that help you get from individuals who consider in you may make an enormous distinction. — Anthony Inexperienced


“Antibodies” began as the primary group of riffs that I despatched in. It was additionally the primary group of riffs that have been despatched round on the whole. After receiving a joint textual content from everybody, I made a decision to take a seat proper down and work on a riff. I’ve a tuning that I’ve used on a couple of songs up to now; I tune the low E as much as F. It makes for a very cool strategy at taking part in the low E open whereas barring the remainder of the strings. I went straight to that tuning. I wished to ship one thing distinctive however nonetheless catchy. I respect all the fellows a lot as musicians and wished this to work, so mentally, I used to be like.. “You gotta ship one thing good!” No stress, proper? As everybody added their elements to the music, it was clear we had a chemistry. Ultimately, this may even be the primary Previous Lives music that Anthony added vocals to. Which blew our minds. And right here we’re. — Travis Stever

“Gray Veins”

I stumbled onto the intro bass line for “Gray Veins” one night time, however I I used to be taking part in it within the higher register. It was this actually quirky little riff and I really thought it could be a bit too left of middle to even deliver to the band. I had already satisfied myself that they’d hate it, however I figured I’d ship it anyway simply to see if it sparked any concepts.

I keep in mind instantly after sending it within the group textual content, most likely at like 3 a.m., everybody reacting to it with such pleasure. We had all been on the edges of our seats ready for concepts to be despatched and everybody jumped on it instantly. Tucker added the preliminary verse beat, after which Frank got here out of nowhere with this totally good verse/refrain development and it really blew my thoughts. Listening to Travis’ leads and verse melodies, then Anthony’s vocal concepts and lyrics actually introduced this little concept to such loopy locations. It’s truthfully nonetheless laborious for me to wrap my head round. — Tim Payne